Matt Shadows their lead singer says the song was written as per request from the developers of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Watching the initial trailers for the game & looking at production sketches reminded him of the 'S-Town' podcast & its main protagonist, John B. McLemore. Matt also comments specifically on the lyrics: "I decided that the lyrics would shadow McLemore's life." In 2012, antiquarian horologist John B. McLemore sent an email to the staff of the show 'This American Life' asking them to investigate an alleged murder in his hometown of Woodstock, Alabama, a place McLemore claimed to despise. After a year of exchanging emails & several months of conversation with McLemore, producer Brian Reed traveled to Woodstock to investigate. Reed investigated the crime & eventually found that no such murder took place, though he struck up a friendship with the depressed but colorful character of McLemore. He recorded conversations with McLemore & other people in Woodstock. McLemore killed himself by drinking potassium cyanide on June 22, 2015 while the podcast was still in production. In the narrative of the podcast, this occurs at the end of the second episode; subsequent episodes deal with the fallout from McLemore's death while exploring more of McLemore's life & character.
Well you live with someone but I know you're alone. You're thinking about the way you were and it feels like missing home. And you know there's a person that you wanted to be. You many live with someone, someone in me. You're doing something by keeping it bottled in. You're stuck between giving out and giving in. And you know what needs to be said but you couldn't play the part cause you know what kind of trouble that starts. And it's all too familiar and it happens all the time. All the cards begin to stack up, twisting heartache into fine little pieces that avoid an awful crime. But it's you I can't deny. Everything is going, everything is good. Every time I saw you, I knew you understood. Well you know there's a person that you wanted to be. You may live with someone , someone in me and she's hoping that he'll fix it but it' more than just a stain. She's got nothing left to dream of and her nightmares are the same. She believes that every love could be a lie. Saying,"you, I can't deny. It's you I can't deny." It's you I can't deny. It's you.
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